Hey Sunday Brewers!
We’re back with more helpful nuggets designed to help you GROW, including…
✅ How doing *this one thing* for 60 minutes can crush work stress
✅ Understanding the 4 distinct personality types of HNWI prospects
✅ Why the 60/40 portfolio is about to do this for the first time in 86 years
But first…the best thing I saw all week…
The First Sip
James Warren was walking through the streets of his Denver neighborhood when he saw something that did not sit well with him.
There was a woman waiting for a bus near a street corner and she was sitting in the dirt.
No bench, chair, or even a ledge to sit on.
“My instant reaction was that we need to be doing better by our fellow city members,” James recalls. “And so, I thought, ‘I could do something about that, I can build a bench.’”
Thanks to some construction sites near his home, he was able to find some scrap wood that had been thrown away and use some basic tools and skills to build benches for the community.
He started with one bench at the bust stop where he saw the lady sitting in the dirt.
Since then, he’s built 8 custom benches.
While each bench is unique, they all come with the same personal inscription burned into the wood.
Each bench simply says, “Be Kind.”
James hopes the benches are a reminder to people that little things go a long way toward building a healthy community.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to really make a change in the world around us, or it can feel really difficult to make a change in the world around us,” he says.
“But the truth is, anyone can be kind. And by being kind, you can make a difference in the world around you.”
And guess what?
Something interesting has happened since James began building benches for his Denver neighborhood…
Other people have popped up all over the community to do the same.
And while a bench might not change the world, it’s certainly a good place to start!
1 Caffeinated Neurohack
I don’t know if you know this about me, but I love studying neuroscience and how the brain influences our thoughts, actions, and results.
I’m particularly interested in the relationship between the brain and stress.
So I found this new study incredibly interesting.
It shows that the amygdala, which is the region of the brain that’s involved in stress processing, is LESS active in those who live in rural areas (compared to those living in big cities).
But you don’t have to live in “the sticks” to enjoy less stress. They discovered that the key is to get outside and get moving.
The researchers discovered that a 60-minute walk is optimum for reducing activity in the amygdala and promoting emotional stability.
This is true whether you take a walk through Times Square in NYC or you’re hiking on a trail in Colorado.
My challenge to you this week: Take more walks.
Not only will you reduce your stress levels, but don’t be surprised if you come up with some pretty great ideas as you walk. (This is one of my most creative times.)
☕ TL;DR: Reduce stress by taking a 60-minute walk outside.
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Jeremiah D. Desmarais
#1 in ROI-Driven Training for Advisors